Maquis Gran Reserva Carménère 2015
Freshness and body expression
Maquis Gran Reserva Carménère stands out from the rest of the Chilean Carménère because it shows a more floral and fresh side of this variety. It is a very tasty wine.
On the nose it reveals intense black fruit aromas with some hints of salvia and romero. On the palate it feels very refreshing and smooth with a long and persistent aftertaste.
Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points: Olive and spiced plum aromas are stout, but with zest and snap. A full, tightly wound palate is balanced and lively, tastes of rich black fruits, and a touch of hoisin sauce and soy sauce. A broadly textured finish is savory tasting until the final note.
Tasting Panel, 90 Points: Smooth and succulent with notes of crisp dark plum and subtle herbs. With medium weight and considerable spice, it’s long and balanced at an attractive price point.
Amsterdam Tasting Panel: More round – more integrated flavours – more elegant and still very typical Carménère missing maybe a bit of the coffee and vegetal notes thanks to the addition of cabernet sauvignon / petit Verdot. – in the end it is tasty and has high, but not rough tannins that would pair well with a variety of rich foods and cheeses.
Gran Reserva Carménère from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
Gran Reserva Carménère Blend: 85% Carménère, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
The Hurtado family has owned the Viña Maquis vineyard for more than a century, but it wasn’t until almost 20 years ago that the family decided to make their own wine out of the terrific grapes in their own backyard. They built a state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and set out to make the Maquis winery one of the great properties in all of South America.
Located in Colchagua Valley, the winery’s focus is on distinctive single-vineyard, estate wines, as well as producing “balanced” wines that are not over-ripe (resulting in excessively high alcohol) but also not exhibiting any of the “green” character that sometimes plagues wines picked from grapes that have not fully matured. The Maquis main vineyard is essentially an island: it is deeply influenced by the Tinguiririca River on one side and the Chimbarongo Creek on the other. These two large waterways once brought alluvial sediment from the Andes and today act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that help moderate the warm Colchagua summers, contributing to the intensity, character, fruitiness and mineral elements of the Maquis wines. Maquis is fortunate to have such a privileged location and perfect to make wine like this Gran Reserva Carménère.
Since 2005, Maquis has worked with consulting winemaker Xavier Choné, whose specialty is vineyard evaluation. By paying close attention to soil conditions, the spacing of the vines, and the timing of the harvest, Choné’s style of winemaking produces sophisticated wines with concentrated flavors that truly represent the region’s terroir. At Maquis, vineyards are strategically planted and farmed with minimal irrigation with Carmenere in the warmest spots and Cabernet Franc in the cooler areas. Choné works with wineries around the world, including Opus One, Joseph Phelps, and Dominus Estate. Maquis is the only South American winery with which Choné is affiliated.
In addition to Choné, Maquis utilizes the expert blending talents of Bordeaux’s Eric Boissenot. Several times per year Ricardo will travel from Bordeaux to work on the final blends of the Maquis wines with the Eric, who also works with four of Bordeaux’s first growths. He and his late father Jacques were named “Blenders of the Decade” by Decanter magazine.
This Gran Reserva Carménère is a must try!
Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Carménère 85%, Petit Verdot 5%
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Cabernet sauvignon, Carménère, Petit Verdot
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